Fraser Island bushfire: residents urged to leave amid out-of-control blaze | Australia news

Residents of Cathedrals on Fraser Island were urged to leave on Saturday as a significant bushfire burned towards the area and conditions deteriorated.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency service said the blaze was expected to impact on the local community late on Saturday afternoon. It said people should follow their bushfire survival plans.

“Your safest option is to leave now if it is clear to do so,” the service said. “If you are not in the area, do not return, as conditions are too dangerous.”

The fire was burning from north of Lake Bowarrady in the vicinity of Awinya Road, south towards Cathedrals on Fraser.

Residents and visitors were asked to leave by Maheno beach and travel south toward Happy Valley.

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